Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

By Duc Dong   November 22, 2021 | 04:58 pm GMT+7
Vietnam national team have started training in preparation for AFF Cup next month.
Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

On Sunday, the team started training in the southern beach town Vung Tau, attracting much attention from the locals. Since team members are not allowed to have contact with outsiders for Covid-19 safety, fans could only watch them from afar.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

The training venue is Ba Ria Stadium, the home ground of V. League 2 club Ba Ria-Vung Tau FC. The stadium is 20 minutes from the national team’s accommodation.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

To guarantee Covid-19 safety, the team didn’t talk to the press before and after the training session as before. The press was only allowed to record the first 25 minutes of the session.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

The squad currently has 34 players, with the newest addition being keeper Pham Van Cuong. Coach Park Hang-seo will reduce the number to 25 for AFF Cup at the end of this training period.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

In this first training session, Park let key players do multiple laps around the stadium to relax their muscles after two World Cup qualifiers in November.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

The rest also warmed up with a little game of rondo.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

After a few days of family time, players seemed to be in a comfortable mood.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

Park also called up a few U23 players to add depth to the squad.

Vietnam begin AFF Cup training

AFF Cup was supposed to take place in 2020, but was postponed until this year due to Covid-19. The organizers decided to keep the name AFF Cup 2020 for sponsorship purposes. The tournament will take place from Dec. 5 to Jan. 1, 2022.

Vietnam, the defending champions, are in group B with Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.

 
 
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